6 of the Best Free Linux Simple Backup Software
Surveys suggest that up to 90% of home computer users do
not back up their data. That is a pretty frightening statistic bearing
in mind how valuable and precious users' files are. Computer
users who do not backup their files are at risk of losing all of their
personal and irreplaceable documents. The hard drive in a PC can
malfunction at any time, sometimes without any warning at all.
Alternatively, the computer's hard disk can be damaged by an accident,
a fire, flood, power cut, or infected by a virus.
If that situation ever occurs (without a backup),
the only way to recover documents may be to employ a data recovery
company. Their services are extremely expensive, and they may
only be able to recover some documents. Your priceless photo
albums of your children taking their first steps, your personal videos
your dream vacation to the Seychelles, important document files, emails
and spreadsheets, as well as your entire multimedia collection could be
lost forever. Even the loss of the boring stuff, such as information
used to compile your tax returns, could cause you a real headache. We
hope you are never in that situation.
Moreover, in the absence of backups it is not
only files that are at jeopardy. Users will have spent time configuring
their system; installing (and configuring) software that is not
included in a standard distribution, customising the desktop, compiled
hundreds of favorite web sites stored in the web browser bookmarks; the
list is endless of what could be irretrievably lost in the event of
hard disk failure.
A common reason why home users do not make copies of their
data is because they consider that the backup process is difficult, and
a time-consuming chore, and therefore more trouble than its
worth. We have seen some innovative hardware solutions such as the
Clickfree backup drives that make backing up data possible without even
touching the keyboard, or installing any software. However, there are
no Clickfree drivers currently available for Linux.
Instead, for Linux we recommend that home users install
software that hides the complexity of doing backups. To provide an
insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of 6 of the best Linux simple backup
software. Hopefully, there will be something here of interest to anyone
who wants to take the effort out of ensuring the safety of their
Now, let's explore the 6 backup tools at hand. For
each title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a screenshot
of the software in action, a full description with an
in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant
resources and reviews.
|Simple Backup Software
||Offers two big
buttons, one for manual backup and one for restoring
Back in Time
backup tool taking inspiration from FlyBack
||Simple backup solution intended for desktop use
functionality to the Mac OS X Leopard's Time Machine
||rsync-based GUI data backup utility
files for changes and takes snapshots
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Last Updated Thursday, February 09 2012 @ 02:17 PM EST